When is a zoning permit required?

A Zoning Permit is required when a structure or part thereof is located, erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged, converted or structurally altered within the unincorporated Towns of Brighton, Paris, Randall, Somers and Wheatland or within one of the villages for which Kenosha County contracts zoning services (such as the Village of Salem Lakes and the Village of Somers). A structure is defined as anything constructed or erected. New structures and additions to such structures require a Zoning Permit including but not limited to:

  • Single-family & multi-family residences
  • Accessory buildings (agricultural buildings, detached garages & boat houses, storage buildings of any kind, and sheds, gazebos & pool houses over 150 square feet in area)
  • Dormers
  • Balconies
  • Decks
  • Fences (non-agricultural)
  • Hot tubs, jacuzzi & spas
  • Signs
  • Entrance pillars and gates
  • Steps and stairs to a residence greater than 4’ x 4’
  • Shore yard stairs and landings
  • Swimming pools & related safety fencing

NOTE: In the shore yard (75' from a lake or stream), a shoreland permit is required for retaining walls, rip-rap or shore protection (fill over 10 yards) and excavations such as ponds. Please contact the Department of Planning & Development at (262) 857-1895 for an explanation of these regulations relative to these types of uses within the department's zoning jurisdiction.

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1. What areas are in the County’s zoning jurisdiction?
2. How do I find out the zoning of my property?
3. How do I find out what zoning district my property is in?
4. What is a stakeout survey?
5. Why do I need a survey?
6. Why is a survey an important document?
7. Is there a survey of the property and how do I get a copy?
8. What is a foundation survey?
9. What is a foundation survey requirement?
10. What is a waiver of liability?
11. What is a waiver of liability requirement?
12. What is a release of waiver of liability document?
13. What is a variance?
14. How many animals/horses or livestock can I have on my property?
15. Can the Kenosha County Department of Planning and Development answer questions about my property if it lies within the City of Kenosha or a Village within Kenosha County?
16. What is a setback?
17. What are the setbacks on my property?
18. What is a setback distance requirement measured from?
19. What is a 100-year floodplain?
20. What is an ordinary high water mark (OHWM) elevation?
21. What is a wetland?
22. When is a zoning permit required?
23. What if I am only replacing what already exists?
24. Do I need a permit for a patio?
25. Do I need a zoning permit for a fence?
26. Do I need a zoning permit for a deck?
27. Do I need a zoning permit for a swimming pool, spa, jacuzzi or hot tub?
28. Is a fence required around my swimming pool?
29. Do I need a zoning permit for a sign?
30. Do I need a permit to cut/remove trees on my property?
31. What is the process for applying for a zoning permit?
32. How long does it take to obtain a zoning permit?
33. What is the cost of a zoning permit?
34. How long are zoning permits valid?
35. What happens if construction is not complete and the zoning permit is about to expire?
36. Will the building inspector check my setbacks?
37. Do I need an appointment to apply for a zoning permit?
38. Where can I obtain my tax key number?
39. Where can I find a legal description of my property?
40. Can I store unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles on my property?
41. Do I need a permit to operate a home occupation from my residential property?
42. Is more than one dwelling unit allowed on a property?
43. Can I have an "in-law" unit on my property?
44. Can I place a mobile home or manufactured home on my property?
45. Is my property in the 100-year floodplain?
46. Does the County issue permits for piers and other structures placed on the bed of a body of water?
47. Can I have a boathouse on my property?
48. How many accessory buildings can I have on my property?
49. What size accessory structure can I have on my property?
50. I have a vacant piece of land. Can I place or construct an accessory building/structure without a residence on the site?
51. What if I have a substandard lot or structure?
52. What is required for a new home construction permit?
53. Do I need a zoning permit for new windows, new doors, new shingles, etc....?
54. What do I need to start a new business?